High Point Program Overview

ASAC has one of the largest competitive High Point Awards program in the country. Awards are given to individual horses, equitation riders and academy riders for the most points earned in various categories. Additional overall honors are awarded to the High Point Performance Barns and High Point Academy Barns based on total points earned by horses and riders in each barn.

With approximately 40 ASAC sanctioned horse shows each year, there are plenty of chances to get in on the competition! Please carefully read the rules of the road outlined below and pay close attention to the various deadline dates.

 

High Point Program Rules of the Road

Eligibility

  • All Owners, Exhibitors, Trainers and Instructors must be current ASAC members (Senior, Junior, or Lifetime) in order to participate in the program

  • Horses, Equitation and Academy Riders must be nominated once each year using the Online High Point Nomination form

  • Horses must be stabled in North or South Carolina, and trained by an ASAC member, in order to be eligible 

  • Equitation and Academy Riders must be instructed by an ASAC member in order to be eligible

  • Nominations and memberships must be submitted no later than the day before a show starts for that show to count

  • High point nominations and ASAC memberships will not be accepted at horse shows

  • There is no nomination fee to participate

Categories

  • Only the following ASAC approved categories below are eligible for the Performance High Points Program:

    • FIVE-GAITED: Open*, Ladies, Amateur, Jr Exhibitor, Pony

    • THREE-GAITED: Open*, Ladies, Amateur, Jr Exhibitor, Pony

    • FINE HARNESS: Open*, Amateur

    • PARK: Open*, Amateur, Jr Exhibitor

    • PARK PLEASURE: Park Pleasure, Park Pleasure Driving

    • SHOW PLEASURE: 5G Adult, 5G Jr Exhibitor, 3G Adult, 3G Jr Exhibitor, AOT, Driving, Pony, 12 & Under W/T

    • COUNTRY PLEASURE: Five-Gaited, Adult, Jr Exhibitor, AOT, Driving, Western, Hunter, Walk-Trot All Ages

    • ROAD HORSE: Open Amateur, Youth, Under Saddle

    • ROAD PONY: Open, Amateur, Jr Exhibitor, Under Saddle           

    • HARNESS PONY: Open, Amateur                  

    • HACKNEY PONY: Open, Amateur

    • HACKNEY PLEASURE PONY UNDER SADDLE

    • PLEASURE PONY DRIVING    

  • Only the following ASAC approved categories below are eligible for the Equitation High Points Program 

    • Walk/Trot: 10 & Under​

    • Walk/Trot/Canter: 10 & Under, 11-13 years, 14-17 years, Adult

    • Pleasure Equitation: 17 years & Under

  • Only the following ASAC approved categories below are eligible for the Academy High Points Program​

    • Walk/Trot: 6 & Under, 7-8  years, 9-10 years, 11-13 years, Adult, Elite Rider, Show Rider​

    • Walk/Trot/Canter: 10 & Under, 11-13 Years, 14-17 years, Adult, Elite Rider, Show Rider

    • Driving

 

* Open category also includes 2 or 3 Yr Olds, Junior, Novice/Limit Horses, and Carolina-Owned

* Novice/Limit Horse and Rider classes DO count in their respective categories for High Points​

* Note: Open to All Breed (OTAB) classes will not count toward High Points 

How the process works 

  • The ASAC High Point Awards are determined by points earned at ASAC-sanctioned horse shows. See below.

  • A trophy and three ribbons are awarded at the Annual Awards Banquet in each approved category

  • Horses, equitation riders and academy riders must be nominated before points can be counted. Nominations received by the High Point Chair will be posted on the ASAC website. It is each participant's responsibility to ensure that their nomination is activated.

  • Nominations and ASAC memberships must be submitted no later than the day BEFORE AN ASAC-SANCTIONED SHOW STARTS for points to count for that show.

  • Points count from the date that nomination or ASAC membership is received, whichever is later.

  • Participants are responsible for keeping their own points on the official ASAC High Point Awards Recording Form.

  • Points should be submitted separately if the horse or rider is showing in multiple categories. 

  • Participants are responsible for turning in their points by the posted deadlines - July 15 and November 15.

  • Horses sold during the year in which they are nominated will continue to accrue points if the new owner is an ASAC member.  

 

Point System

Shows are divided into three categories: A, B, and C based on the duration of the show regardless of USEF ratings or number of judges. These point awards are outlined below. All classes count equally - qualifying and championship. 

Note: The ASAC Horse Show counts double points.

Points will not be awarded under the following conditions:​

  1. Disqualification of Horse/ Exhibitor/Trainer/ Owner from any ASAC-sanctioned competition.

  2. Horse/Exhibitor/Trainer/Owner is found to be in violation of any USEF rules.

  3. Exhibitor/Trainer/Owner is not in good standing with USEF.

  4. In the case of non-negotiable payment made for any/all entry fees for points-qualifying classes at an ASAC-sanctioned horse show, if payment is not made good within 10 days of notification by horse show representative.  ASAC is not responsible for the collection of any non-negotiable payments received by any horse show.

  5. Failure to report points earned to High Points Chair by deadlines as determined by ASAC.

Questions? 
Members with questions regarding the ASAC High Point Program can fill out the form below

 

A Show

Shows lasting 3 or more days

1st place = 200 pts

2nd place = 160 pts

3rd place = 120 pts

4th place = 80 pts 

5th place = 40 pts

6th place = 20 pts

 

B Show

Shows lasting 2 days

1st place = 100 pts

2nd place = 80 pts

3rd place = 60 pts

4th place = 40 pts 

5th place = 20 pts

6th place = 10 pts

 

C Show

Shows lasting one day

1st place = 50 pts

2nd place = 40 pts

3rd place = 30 pts

4th place = 20 pts 

5th place = 10 pts

6th place = 5 pts

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